Ilan’s Hammers talks on hold

After losing six straight games, the Hammers had looked destined

for relegation, but the forward has bagged two goals in two games

to help drag Gianfranco Zola’s side up to 16th in the Premier

League – four points ahead of Burnley. The Brazil international is

on loan from French cub Saint Etienne until the end of the season

and West Ham striker Carlton Cole spoke recently of how pleased he

was to be playing alongside the 29-year-old. Ilan is confident that

the Hammers will now be able to maintain their top flight status

but has warned that negotiations about his future will have to wait

until the season ends. “We’ve produced a good performance at

Everton and got a home victory. We’ve got some momentum, we’re more

together, more confident about getting out of this situation,” Ilan

told West Ham’s website. “I will do everything I can to help West

Ham and then when the season is over we will sit down and talk

about the future.”